As part of its International Women’s Day celebrations, State Art Gallery conducted an art camp for women. The camp that was inaugurated on March 6 culminated in an exhibition of paintings made by 25 women. The 50 paintings on display all centre on this year’s theme ‘Inspiring Change’. Creations of women from different walks of life, the paintings bring to the fore the various aspects of a woman and also talk about women empowerment.

The camp and exhibition were the idea of Chandana Khan, says Sivanagi Reddy, director of State Art Gallery. “Every year we organise an art camp encouraging women artists in the city on the occasion of International Women’s Day. This year we had not just professional artists but women from all walks of life participate in the art camp. The theme this year was ‘Inspiring Change’ and the artists made two paintings each that are currently on display at the gallery,” he said.

Some of the artists include IT employees and medical practitioners. The paintings on display range from a variety of topics like motherhood, self-esteem and women empowerment with some of the works bordering on semi-abstract as well. Given that not all the paintings have been made by professional artists, the works on display are not as fine as you might expect, but the ideas behind the works are impressive.

The paintings are on display till March 14 at State Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.